The woman had heard about Jesus and came up behind
him in the crowd and touched his cloak. She said,
"If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.
Immediately her flow of blood dried up....
Jesus said to her, "Daughter, your faith has saved
The woman’s illness made her a religious and social
outcast. She was unclean, not to touch, or be
touched by anyone. But she takes a chance, reaches
out and touches Jesus. He does not recoil from her,
but heals her. After her healing Jesus addresses her
as "Daughter" – she is no longer an outcast, but is
restored to the family of God’s people. Jesus has
come to heal and invite the outsiders into the
So, we ask ourselves:
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